"...my department is in charge of Food Education. It's our job to inform housewives how to cook a week's worth of meals with only four ounces of butter and twelve ounces of sugar, and to convince the British public that turnips and carrots and brown bread are far more delicious (and patriotic) than steak and bananas and chocolate cake. There is still debate about how we are to achieve these seeming impossible goals, but the plan is that there will be official "Food Facts" articles printed in the newspapers..."I had just finished doing some work on the Ministry of Food and, as you can see, Food Facts did indeed begin showing in newspapers all over Britain in 1940. The idea was to help women feel that they, too, were doing their bit for the war by being part of the "Kitchen Front"while feeding their families healthy, nutritious meals despite rationing, which lasted in Britain for 14 years.
|Times of London September 5, 1940|
|Times of London November 18, 1940|
|A woman waters her garden on top of her Anderson Shelter|
In 2010, the Imperial War Museum, London, has an exhibition devoted to the Ministry of Food. Below is a short video by James Taylor talking about the role of the Ministry in World War II.
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